Charges Dropped Against Norfolk Mother Accused of Trying to Record Bullies

Norfolk, VA (WVEC) - A Norfolk mother is no longer facing felony charges for trying to help her 9-year-old daughter who was being bullied at Ocean View Elementary. 

Sarah Sims had previously contacted the school about her daughter not being treated well by her peers, but calls and emails went unanswered.

Sims decided to take matters into her own hands by putting a digital recorder in her daughter's backpack in late September. She had hoped to capture just how her daughter was being bullied. 

Her daughter placed the device inside her desk, but the school took it from her. 

READ MORE: Norfolk mom faces felony after trying to record daughter's bullies

Sims turned herself in on Nov. 6 and was originally due in court on Jan. 18, but the charges were dropped.

However, prosecutors said there was probable cause to charge Sims with intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but decided not to pursue the case.

Virginia is a one-party consent state, according to Digital Media Law.

That means "you may record a conversation or phone call if you are a party to the conversation or you get permission from one party to the conversation in advance."

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